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National Gallery of Art--Ancient Greece
Pre-trip lesson: Students discover the features of neoclassical architecture by studying the Parthenon in Greece and the Pantheon in Rome. Students also explore the ancient Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, as well as their attributes and the myths that surround them. They also examine the influences of ancient Greece and Rome on the world today.
Trip: At the museum, students use the knowledge gained to compare the architectural details of the National Gallery of Art to the Parthenon of ancient Greece. They also observe other buildings on the National Mall for neoclassical architectural details such as columns and pediments. Students also explore myths through works of art by analyzing paintings depicting Greek gods, goddesses, and mortals.
Post-trip lesson: As a culminating activity, students imagine themselves as Greek gods and write their own short myth describing how they came to be and acquired their powers. They also design a temple for themselves. Finally, students test their knowledge of neoclassical architecture and ancient mythology as they compete in a collaborative review game and take written assessments.
Academic Standards: Reading (6.LT-TN.11); Mathematics (6.M.2); Social Studies (6.2.1)
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